CanCan Mobile pouch


The CanCan pouch
This year I've vowed to make as many gifts as I can. Not only is it more personal, it is also a gift of time and energy (at least that's what I think). 

Last weekend when I'd gone shopping with her for my grandmom, I showed her my version of the Swag Bag that I'd made for my grandmom’s birthday. She loved it and tried very hard to get me to give to her, but finally she relented after I promised to make her one too. She loves the colour red and the red & black combination is her favorite for clothing items/accessories. Her choice of colours? Red and Black! No surprise there!


The following day (the eve of her birthday), I’d bought the materials for her bag and was about to start on it when I decided to surprise her and make her a small case for her cellphone. We were planning to go over at midnight with a small cake for her birthday and I hadn't wrapped her actual gift as yet. So, the pouch and a red chain (the red crochet necklace that I mentioned earlier) I'd made in advance would be preview gifts. She liked the necklace, but wants me to put a small pendant on it. Not too sure about it, but I’m going to search for something. Any ideas?

I love giving presents (and receiving them too), and the curbing of expenses for the next few months is going to be very difficult.

I made this mobile pouch for my mom in just a few hours (I'm a slow crocheter, and it took me about 2.5 hours). I call it the CanCan pouch as the bright maroon (I thought the maroon looked better with the black) and the black reminded me the of the shiny dresses worn by CanCan dancers.

For the cellphone pouch, I followed a similar method as the Kiss Me Bag at Crochet Spot for the base. After that it was simple shell stitch done in rounds. I didn’t have measurements for the phone and just estimated the height and width, though I’m happy to say that it did fit. Also, the pattern stretches quite a bit, so it is better to make it slightly smaller.

My pouch was done in 2 colours, with me changing colours after every completed round.
The base and the first round are done in the same colour.

Pattern

Craft: Crochet
Level: Beginner/Easy

Materials
Yarn of your choice
Corresponding crochet hook (this pattern looks better open and it stretches too)
Button for clasp (optional)
Tapestry needle and thread (optional)

Stitches/Abbreviations used:
Stitch (st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Fasten off (FO)

Gauge: Gauge is not important in this pattern as it depends on the size of your starting chain. My pouch fit a
phone that was 119.5 x 59.7 x 12.9 mm.

Close up of the pouch
Foundation row can be worked in multiples of 4 + 2 (for turning)

Base
Ch 10.
Row1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in ea chain across.  Ch1 and turn (It is better to crochet the first row in the back ridges so that it is easier to do the rounds later).
Row2-4: sc in ea st across.  Ch1 and turn.
Row5: sc in ea st across. Ch1. Do not turn as we now start working in rounds

We now move to the body of the pouch.
Note: Shell = 3 dc in same st.

Round 1: sc in first sc *(sk 1 sc, 3 dc in next sc, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc) 2 times, reaching the end of the row. Continue work along width of the base.

Note: Our width is made up of 5 rows, but since the height of sc rows is shorter than the 3 sc across, we work our shell in the 3rd row.

Sk 2 sc rows, shell in next, sk 2 sc rows*. Sc in next sc (longer side). Repeat * to * till the end of the other width. Sl st in first sc of round 1. (6 shells and 6 sc)

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), 1 dc in same stitch. *Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc. (Sk 1 dc, shell in next sc.  Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc)* 5 times. Skip 1 dc, 1 dc in same stitch as the first 2 dc (Ch3+1dc) of the row. Sl st in top of beginning Ch3: 6 shells and 6 sc

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in first stitch (beginning Ch3 of previous round). *Sk 1 dc, shell in next sc.  Sk 1 dc, sc in next dc:* around, replacing the last sc with a sl st to the first sc of the round: 6 shells and 6 sc

Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 till the pouch is the desired size, ending with round 3. Once it is as big as you want it, move on to the finishing.

Finishing
Ch 3 (counts as 1dc), *Ch1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, Ch1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next sc,*. Repeat * to * 4 times. Ch1, sk next dc, sc in next dc, Ch1, sk next dc. Sl st to starting Ch3. FO.

I didn’t add a button to fasten the pouch as my mom constantly fiddles with her phone, but you can create a clasp easily.

The chain and the pouch. The colour here is almost true
For a button enclosure.
Instead of fastening off, you Ch1 and continue sc around till you come to the centre of one side. Create a loop by chaining the adequate number to go around the button of your choice (it should always be a little smaller than the button) and sc into the same stitch. Continue to sc across till you reach the end of the round. Sl to 1st stitch. FO.
Attach a button on the opposite side of the pouch, in line with the loop created.

Your pouch is ready!

Get back to me if you have any questions.
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